Health Sachet No 1:
Compared to a hundred years ago, we sleep by one hour less, on an average. This leads to many medical conditions, including some life-threatening ones:
- Short sleep duration (less than 5 hours) increased risk for high BP by 350% to 500% compared to those who slept longer than 6 hours per night. Paper published in 2009. High BP kills.
- Young people (25-49 years of age) are twice as likely to get high BP if they sleep less. Paper published in 2006.
- Individuals who slept less than 5 hours a night had a 3-fold increased risk of heart attacks. Paper published in 1999.
- Complete and partial lack of sleep increased the blood concentrations of High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hs-cRP), the strongest predictor of heart attacks. Even after getting adequate sleep later, the levels stayed high!!
- Just one night of sleep loss increases very toxic substances in body such as Interleukin-6 (IL-6), Tumour Necrosis Factor-Alpha (TNF-α) and C-Reactive Protein (cRP). These substances increase the risk for many medical conditions, including cancer, arthritis and heart disease. Paper published in 2004.
- Sleeping less than 5 hours per night leads to 39% increase in heart disease. Sleeping less than 6 hours per night leads to 8% increase in heart disease. Paper published in 2006.
Details on how to find out whether you are getting adequate sleep and the ideal sleep architecture later.
Lack of adequate sleep can cause many medical problems.